CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
“Do you know what ‘A’ means, little Piglet? It means learning, it means education, it means all the things that you and Pooh haven’t got.” —Winnie The Pooh
I found this quote in the book One-Letter Words: A Dictionary by Craig Conley, in which he tries to find the possible meanings that each letter can have when used by itself. It is quite interesting to find out a letter can be or mean so much. However I also like the possibility of a more poetic and abstract meaning.
How would you shelf our Magic Words: A Dictionary? Someone didn't like where the Hennepin County Library placed it: "This book has been shelved with the Pagan/Wiccan sections within the Library. Seeing this, I thought it was a book of a different nature. Instead, it is a book listing all of the words one might use in slight of hand and parlor tricks. Not at all related to where it was shelved." Indeed, our book seems to need its own special shelf in between two sections; as Library Journal said, "Despite its undeniable appeal to New Age audiences, Conley's (One-Letter Words: A Dictionary) book of more than 700 words and phrases is just as relevant to the linguist and language enthusiast as it is to Occult followers."
Here's our video explaining how to find your magic word, even if you're a skeptic.
We've had some extraordinary reactions to the video. K. wrote: "I really enjoyed following your video. It's a grey rainy day, with congested sinuses for me, so I tend to feel 'stuck inside my head.' During the video, paths into my ancestral past broke thru the congestion, and I felt like there was un-congested energy expanded back and forth in time. Something subliminal lurks behind your words!" And Jim wrote: "Totally awesome! Everything you mentioned is a thought I've had at one time or another... so I feel that this video does contain octave alignments for experiencing the phenomenal energy currents."